Team work and communication are vital in today's fast-paced business world. It is more important than ever to have your entire organization aligned with the vision and goals of your organization. One way to foster communication and alignment is to create cross-functional or cross-departmental teams. These teams can help open communication that will make your organization agile and quick to respond to a rapidly changing market place. Here are some ways to build and nurture a cross-departmental team.
Generating personal and collaborative enthusiasm is one of the key ingredients of the team process and is essential to establishing our team.
Getting off to a fast start and then maintaining enthusiasm over time will reap results for the organization. A well functioning team is able to do this even when there are roadblocks and obstacles in its path.
Often individuals on a team develop a tenacious determination to prove that the team can achieve the vision regardless of the barriers. Planning for roadblocks can give people the courage to move forward and take risks.
Creating and launching teams is not something that can be accomplished casually. Research on airline cockpit crews shows that team functioning rather than mechanical problems is the cause of most airline accidents. This is especially true when the team is first starting out.
There are critical points in the progress of a team when accountability can make or break a successful outcome. At the beginning stages of the team, deciding and implementing different methods of accountability can make the project or the plan seem fresh and interesting.
Ideas for accountability include:
Much is made of management across generations. One of the hottest management topics right now is "How to Manage Generation Y." Although each generation has its special characteristics, there are more than a few universal management techniques that can be applied to employees of any generation.